Questions relating to changing one's career path

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Is the right move to stay and search or leave and search (considering my level of experience) at this failing workplace?

My current developer role is the first corporate developer role I have ever landed (I was previously in another career, but left that career due to safety concerns then taught myself programming and ...
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How to get into big data with little to no experience [closed]

My apologies for my earlier post since it did not fit the standards of the board. However, I do appreciate some of the other commenters for suggesting getting into big data. My question now would ...
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How do I go about transitioning from my engineering job to one in HR? [closed]

I am an engineering graduate, and have been working for the past 3 years in the domain of hardware testing and designing in an MNC. But my inclinations have always been towards human resource kind of ...
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How to approach candidate's career change during interview

As an interviewer, what is the appropriate way to address a candidate's change of career. For example, a software engineer with a CV containing relevant experience and in the "other" section, points ...
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Am I failed in life by choosing PHP development as a career? [closed]

See, I have work experience in PHP of total 2 years. I got recruited thru campus interview by my company. I was in 8 people selected out of 467 students. Then my company assigned me PHP(core OOP php, ...
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How to address “what will you be doing in 5-10 years” when you are near “retirement age?”

I am 67 and will start looking for a job soon. I was in an executive coordinator and now I have a Masters in Social Work; at age 62. I am afraid of not finding a good job because of my age. I am ...
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Being a company's only web person, how should I expect to be treated? [closed]

Thanks for taking the time to potentially help me here. Even if you're not a web designer/developer I think you might be able to offer some advice. I used to work at an ad agency as a webmaster, but ...
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How to identify career

I've been a software engineer with an advanced degree and more than 10 yrs of experience across some fairly big names in the industry. However, I dont always feel good about what I am doing. I feel I ...
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How to move from technical to executive role? [closed]

Consider generic programmer Bob. He starts out with a CS degree from a good university, works as a programmer for a few years, moves up to team lead, and decides he wants to get more involved in the ...
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Degree in one area, applying for a job in another

When looking at job postings for Software Developers, I often notice one peculiar requirement in some of the postings: a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or related field. ...
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Is it ok to not put job history in my resume? [duplicate]

After I graduated from a university, I had one job for 18 months and quit it 2 months ago. Since I left on bad terms with the management of the company, if a prospective employer somehow contacted my ...
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How much weight is given to self-taught programming skills?

I was an "IT drone" for about 14 years (tech support, then systems admin). I taught myself how to program, at first just to automate some of my work, then later producing some in-house applications ...
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My boss is not allowing student employees anymore [closed]

I'm a full time worker, in retail. It's really more like thrift...anyways, we're always short on people in my area-- which is, being a cashier. It's pretty stressful dealing with customers but at ...
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How do I tell my boss I don't want to keep working extra?

A year ago, I applied for a position that would have been a promotion for me within my company. I didn't get the job, but I was asked if I would be willing to fill in from time to time when some of ...
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Career switch to programming [closed]

I am working on Digital Marketing platform for 2.5 years, aged 25 and willing to jump into software development(specifically Android and has some hands on experience in Android development.) My ...
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Would a short term job in different industry permanently harm my web dev career?

Let me start with a little bit of background to make you understand the problem better: I am currently working as a freelance web designer. It is going okay right now but I would prefer working full ...
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Game programming career [closed]

I worked last year into 3d games and participated into two titles sports simulation, did some stuff like sounds, skid marks,..etc. I'm into the way of getting fired soon, tasks getting hard and I ...
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Should I emphasize my non-traditional career path in a cover letter?

I have an unconventional career path from management to engineering, which is considered backwards to traditional, when a person first gets hired for sort of junior engineering position and then grows ...
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How far do I show interest in a different position within my company?

I have been working at my company as a developer/engineer for about a year now, and over that time I have developed skills in mobile development while working on a project for this position. ...
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Is it a wise decision to take up full time role of Scrum Master? [closed]

I'm working as a Java application developer for the past 7 years. I do nothing great. Haven't worked on core concepts such as multi-threading. And haven't worked on frameworks like Spring, Hibernate, ...
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Deleting the start of my work history

Should I leave irrelevant jobs out of my CV, Linkedin, job board profiles, and/or application forms, even if that takes 8 years off the start of my work history and implies I am much younger? To ...
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Applying to a clients company

I currently work at a contract software company and one of our clients is a very advanced medical simulation R&D center and i am the sole developer on one of their projects. I absolutely love the ...
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Explaining change of career in an Interview [duplicate]

How should one approach the question of change of career in an interview? What appropriate reasons can one provide that would not look bad on them. To briefly explain the situation: My friend is a ...
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How can a quantitative fisheries scientist break into the business consulting field? [closed]

I have degrees in biology and fisheries science. I have >6 years of experience managing data, analyzing data, writing technical summaries of the analysis results, writing technical RFPs to secure new ...
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How to move into a development career with no formal programming education, but lots of informal experience [closed]

I am becoming extremely frustrated and I don't know if my current situation is common or if I am doing something wrong. A little on my background: I am a technical person by nature. I moonlighted on ...
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Switching to another department in same company in early career [duplicate]

This is my very first job after a long education, and I've been doing it for a few months now. The department I work in now is not a bad one; in fact, I like it. But now, another position in my ...
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What is the impact of accepting the shift of role from a core developer to a white box tester? [closed]

I am C# and .net developer with about 5 years of experience. I'm considering the shift of my role from a core developer to a white box tester. What would be the impact on my career as developer? ...
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Quitting after two months [closed]

I am currently in the process of applying for a job for which I am a current contractor. It's pretty clear that I will be receiving the job within a few weeks, but I have plans to return to school in ...
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What are the pros and cons of taking a paycut to become an instructor? [closed]

I have the choice to become an instructor to teach beginners how to program and develop web sites for the first time. This job will last 3 months. I'm a Software Consultant (whose never had a ...
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How to describe a minimally related consulting position on a resume: Should I list my billable hours percentage?

I am trying to strengthen my resume, and I hear it is important to support job descriptions with hard facts or direct results of one's performance. I am listing my experience as a consultant, which I ...
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How to make leaving a PhD seem like a positive thing on a resume

I have a feeling this question has been posted before, but I wanted to ask as my situation is slightly different. I've recently decided to leave my PhD program in the social sciences in order to look ...
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Career reputation impact, going from Large Notable Company to Small Unheard-of Company [closed]

I am likely to be offered a job in an interview today, and I am not certain whether I can take it. Namely, in thinking forward, my current employer for 3 years following college is a very noteworthy ...
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My CV says I'm a developer. How do I apply for other kinds of roles?

Predominantly my professional experience says I'm a developer- I have strong skills across the board with the web and open source development. However, I also have some other skills such as writing ...
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How to justify switching research disciplines after Ph.D for a fresh recruit?

Consider engineering disciplines A and B. Assume that the mathematical skills required for A and B are same. Let us say I am a fresh Ph.D pass out in A and say I did a reasonable one compared to the ...
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Can anyone relate to starting in the software development field? [closed]

I just graduated from my university with a computer science degree and I'm running into a serious amount of trouble applying for jobs. I have previously taken two programming internships which both ...
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How to switch career into HR? [closed]

A female companion of mine has spent the last 3 years as a software engineer (Java). Now she's thinking of switching careers into HR. Here is a list of activities she's hoping to get involved in once ...
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What is the next step for programmer? [closed]

I have done Mathematics degree in 2006,and have worked in several companies for the last eight years as a Software Engineer.I extended my programming skills with GIS that I can make map analysis,data ...
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How to express that I would settle for an internship or contract/temp work while applying to a job?

I am starting the phone screen process for a software engineering position where I may be less qualified than they prefer. For example, I do not have one of their five bullets under their required ...
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Will PMP help a technical employee move to a management level position? [closed]

I've been technical for almost 3 years in the software industry, a lecturer for 3 years in a software engineering department, and an adviser for 2 years. Will a certificate like PMP helps me move to ...
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Lying to get a job [duplicate]

I've been looking for a way to get into programming for about a year now. I have about 2 years experience with scripting and programming at home and have been working for an 'IT' company for nearly 2 ...
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How can I move into a research based job? [closed]

I'm really trying to make this not into a what should I do question, and more into a where should I aim and why question if that makes any sense. I'm a naturally curious person and the only thing ...
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how to get hands-on experience of desktop support or system admining while not working in IT [closed]

I am looking to get a desktop support or system admin job through self-study, I can only use my spare time to do my study as I am a full-time worker . Currently studying Windows Server 2012, after set ...
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As a computer engineer, is being assigned to testing bad for my career? [closed]

My company hired me for developer's position. However, as they don't have a project, I was moved to Testing. Is this a bad move for my career?
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Driver software engineer interested in transition to Web/App development [closed]

I am a junior software engineer with around 2 years' experience in the semi-conductor industry. I work as part of a team that develops driver software and firmware, using C and C++, for one of my ...
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Leave full time job and work as Contractor [closed]

Currently I have a good full time position for a software company in the United States (I am also from the US, to avoid confusion). Recently I was contacted by a recruiter in regards to contracting ...
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How should I follow up (or not) with the recruiter after an internal referral?

I have been thinking about switching careers from a junior role in academia to private sector, and got into contact with a senior guy at a tech company I really like. We had an information interview ...
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Quitting a company that recently had an IPO [closed]

I've been working with this company for 8 years and it has strong management and work culture. The company went public recently and rewarded long tenured employees with decent number of options. The ...
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Why do you want to close your business and work for us?

For the last 10 years I was a very active entrepreneur, as a founder or taking part in other start ups. Even though I got some money and clients, I decided to move on and find a job at another ...
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Need Advice: Transitioning from Public Scientist to Private Programmer [closed]

I am not sure where I should solicit advice for my situation, but I thought this might be the best place to start. Please let me know if there's a better place for this sort of discussion. I am ...
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Is it possible to be successful in a career that you are not passionate about? [closed]

I am often distracted in my current role. My passion for it has slowly drained over the past few years and I have yet to find success in terms of happiness or freedom in terms of money. I feel that if ...